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Lead Solutions Architect - to £80K - Norwich or York based

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    York, North Yorkshire

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    Information Technology

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  • Salary:

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + bens + bonus

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    Heral Bharadia

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    about 1 year ago

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Role - Lead Solutions Architect

Salary - £80K + bens

Location - York or Norwich

As Lead Solution Architect, you will be responsible for creation of end-to-end solution designs that drive this vision forward. You will also be part of a wider global architecture practice and will support, enhance and promote the process and delivery of architecture (and its value) across the organisation.

Role Purpose:

The role is expected to:

  • Lead a team of solution architects to define end-to-end solutions for IT change programmes.
  • Create end to end designs that are fit for purpose from a functional, non-functional, service, and security point of view.
  • Deliver solutions that progress the overall architecture, align to Aviva's IT Strategy and comply with standards.
  • Drive improvement in design quality.

Key aspects of the role:

Solutions and Assurance:

  • Lead creation of solutions and design for projects to meet the companies standards for technology and ensure they meet our ambitions for availability, security, resilience and performance.
  • Perform early triage and shaping of IT initiatives to support investment decisions and initial delivery planning.
  • Produce design options with associated costs, benefits and risks to enable investment decisions.
  • Ensure compliance to policies, standards and target architecture. Represent area of accountability in all appropriate broader governance bodies and processes.
  • Responsible for the integrity of end-to-end solutions, including transition states used to achieve target state.

Technical Leadership:

  • Provide leadership on key designs to ensure the long term strategic goals of the companies IT are met as well as short term project needs.
  • Approval of design artefacts of team members.
  • Perform design reviews on key areas of the existing IT estate in support of wider initiatives to improve service, security and reduce estate complexity.
  • Ensure design artefacts are produced to support stakeholder group for service, security, architecture and engineering.
  • Support and lead the business with innovative ideas to improve the service we give to our customers.
  • Coach and mentor team members to achieve the required design and architectural outcomes.
  • Manage a team of c.10 direct reports.
  • Accountable for people management decisions including recruitment, setting objectives, performance management, recommending reward and/or bonus.

Internal Collaboration:

  • Member of the Solution Architecture Leadership Team.
  • Expected to maintain strong links to technical teams across the company to share learning and ensure sharing of best practice.
  • Able and willing to bring through the next generation of talent either within or outside of the team.

Experience / Skills Required:

  • Excellent design and architecture skills.
  • Experience of turning strategic direction into deliverable E2E solutions that drive IT Architecture forward.
  • Strong knowledge of end to end project lifecycle methodologies (mainly agile).
  • Strong technical experience. This role requires broad experience with the ability to apply it across a variety of customer and business scenarios. Experience in cloud technologies is advantageous (esp Amazon Web Services).
  • The role holder must care about technology and how to exploit it for the benefit of our customers.
  • Financial acumen to support development of business cases and to inform key design decisions.
  • Ability to anticipate future trends and needs as well as managing current environment.
  • Strong analytical capability and background.
  • Ability to think long-term strategically and operationally.
  • Strong personal impact and influence.
  • Good stakeholder and relationship management at all levels.
  • Experience of operating at senior management levels within the company.
  • Leadership skills.

If you have the above and excellent communication skills apply NOW!!!